E.M. Bounds on the Great Need of Prayer

“What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use — men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men — men of prayer.”  E. M. Bounds

When enticing others to visit, do you describe your church as one with a great Youth, Children’s, or Single’s Ministry? Do you tell them of the wonderful Wednesday night dinners and the marvelous cooks? Do you speak of the magnificence of the facilities and the comforts of the sanctuary? Do you tell them that your church is a church that prays?

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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7 Responses to E.M. Bounds on the Great Need of Prayer

  1. I have found the majority of people looking for a Church are looking for entertainment.
    Although I know prayer is the most important aspect of the Church, since God chooses to work in response to the prayers of His people, I think I would tend to focus on the ‘food’ available – the preaching of the Word, the sharing of the Word and the living application of the Word in the lives of the people (and of course this includes prayer).

    • mtsweat says:

      Yes, it’s interesting what we’ve decided is of most importance for a church to be successful. You mention the things of first importance. We enter August as the month when we spend our Sunday evening services in prayer for our mission, our ministry, and members. Hence, the nod for prayer… thanks and God bless, good friend.

  2. Rob Barkman says:

    I am in full agreement with your point MT. It is so true that we should be using the gospel and the sprituality of a church to “lure” them in, instead of using carnal offerings given to them almost as bribes.

    And using the spiritual is the choice that I have made in the churches I have pastored. But I do understand how tempting it is for Pastors to begin these carnal offerings to bring people in. Throughout the years I have seen a decline in the number of people looking for a “spiritual” church and I’ve seen the numbers grow in leaps and bounds of those looking to be entertained.

    For those of us in churches that seek spiritual increase…. let us be thankful and be supportive of all her ministries. They are a diamond. Lord bless MT!


    • mtsweat says:

      Very good Rob! My focus on prayer is related directly to our entering August as a time when we will pray for our mission, ministry, and members at our local church. By all means, all of the body’s ministries are essential to reach the world with the Gospel, just pinpointing a needed privilege we have… to go before the Almighty Creator and God of all with adoration, praise… and a petition now and then (pun intended). Blessings good friend

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